London in 1666 was a health and safety nightmare. It was illegal to build with wood and thatch but people did it anyway. Foundries were forbidden in the city but that didn't stop them operating. Charles II had banned dangerous overhanging windows but this was ignored by local government who carried on building them regardless. Many homes still contained muskets and gunpowder left over from Cromwell's time. Six hundred tons of highly potent gunpowder were stored in the Tower of London itself.... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys
Rumours that 1666 might prove to be an unlucky year, or even herald the end of the world, are of no concern to Samuel Pepys. He's far more interested in his new friend, Mrs Knipp. Mrs Knipp is an actress and singer, and is often to be found entertaining the guests in the homes of Sam's friends. As their friendship develops, they even have nicknames for each other - she is 'Barbara Allen' and he is 'Dapper Dicky'. Elizabeth meanwhile is having much less fun. As Sam admits, she's working like a... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
5 X 15 Mins As many of us do, Pepys begins the year - 1661 - with a resolution: to restrain himself in the expensive pleasures of theatre-going and drinking. He fails spectacularly on both counts. Free, for once, from builders, Samuel and Elizabeth are living happily in Seething Lane with their servants Jane and Will. All is well, until Sam's sister, Paulina, moves in with them - not as a family member and equal but as a third servant. Preparations are in hand for the Coronation of King... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
It's 1664 and Sam starts the year with a family visit to a coffee house. As time progresses, however, his trips around London have a more salacious purpose, as his thoughts turn increasingly towards the ladies in his life. The neighbourhood, meanwhile, suffers some serious crimes: a local criminal mastermind is caught and hanged. Sam goes to the hanging, and balances on a cartwheel to get a good view - but is sorry to see it. Sam hears of a rape which is hushed up because the perpetrators are... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
1667. On New Year's Day, Samuel and Elizabeth Pepys awake to find the Thames covered in ice, while at the same time some parts of London still smoulder from last year's Great Fire. At Whitehall, Lord Brouncker's clerk is accused of taking bribes, and there are rumours that the French will invade. Sam, meanwhile, is preoccupied with finding a husband for his sister, Pauline, and with visiting various lady friends, including Mrs Knipp, Mrs Bagwell and Mrs Lane's sister, Doll. Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
When the Great Fire of 1666 was finally extinguished, all that remained of the City of London were smouldering ruins. Pepys witnessed first-hand the impact it had on the city and its people, and he would be haunted by what he had seen for the rest of his life. Many key buildings, 13,000 homes, and 88 churches had been destroyed or damaged including markets, jails, the Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral. Now, aged 70, in poor health his wife Lizzie long dead, and Sam living with his servant Will... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
1662 - a year which begins badly when Sam accidentally whacks Elizabeth in the eye with his elbow as he's waking up. On Twelfth Night they enjoy a feast, including eighteen mince pies, with their neighbours, Lord and Lady Batten, who are also celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary on that day. There's more entertainment on a night out at the theatre when they see Romeo and Juliet - but decide it's the worst play - and the worst acted - they've ever seen. Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
5 x 15 mins 1663 gets off to an unpromising start when Sam and Elizabeth have a furious row, culminating in him burning all her old love letters in the fire. Then Elizabeth is robbed in the street, and Sam has a writ issued against him on a false charge. He avoids arrest, until he can prove his innocence, by hiding next door at Sir William's house. Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
1669 - It's a tense time in the Pepys household. As we know from the last nine years of his diary, Sam has often had dalliances with other women, unbeknown to his wife Elizabeth. Her ignorance of his behaviour came to an abrupt end last October when she walked in on him in a compromising position with the maid, Debs Willet. This discovery has put a huge strain on their marriage. Almost deranged by suspicion and jealousy, Elizabeth forbids Sam to leave the house unless he is accompanied at all... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
1668 - Sam starts the year observing people gambling with dice at the Groom Porter's but doesn't venture a wager himself. Then his cousin, Anthony Joyce, asks to borrow £350 to rebuild his house after the Great Fire, but before Sam can decide, Anthony tries to take his own life by jumping in a pond. He survives initially but succumbs to a fever. Sam helps his widow by persuading the King not to take all her goods, as is the custom in the case of suicide. Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
5 x 15 Mins We are all familiar with the, sometimes dry other times racy, diaries of the 17th century civil servant Samuel Pepys.These have been dramatised before, but over ten series and two one off plays, Hattie Naylor injects new life into these, re-imagining some of the incidents about which Pepys writes. In the course of this, Pepys, his wife, and their servants Will and Jane become real people, "Sam and Lizzie" becoming a young, aspirant couple just trying to make sense of life.... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
5 X 15 Mins Sam's diary reaches 1665. At the start of the year, a great frost brings London transport, horses in other words, to a standstill and the streets are given over to football. Sam tries, and fails, to help a young girl who has chosen an unsuitable lover, while his own collection of unsuitable lovers increases, despite the oath he has taken to stop chasing women. His wife, Elizabeth, goes to the hot-house for a wash, and resolves to go there once a week but Sam doesn't think it will... Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
Margory Goates' edition of the 'Pepysian Gospel Harmony,' a Middle English Gospel Harmony based on a now-lost Old French Gospel Harmony, which itself bore some relation to Tatian's Diatessaron. It it known as the 'Pepysian Gospel Harmony' because the manuscript, now in Magdalene College, Cambridge, was once owned by the (in)famous Samuel Pepys. Topics: Bible, Gospels, Middle English, Samuel Pepys, Gospel Harmony, Tatian, Diatessaron, Syriac, Oriens...
Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Topics: maude, duet, frank, cried, prank, pepys, orosse, browning, hunt, solos, hunt mortimer, browning... Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=lqBn9L0s7q0C&oe=UTF-8
At Fresh Media conference in Vancouver, Canada, participants riff a spontaneous blurb about a hero selected from a "Dossier of Importantcy" in a workshop about storytelling + podcasting by Dave Olson (AKA Uncle Weed). Features: Samuel Pepys, RMS Carpaethia, Amber Case, Thomas Paine, J. Garcia, Mudhoney, J.J. Rousseau, Geoff Berner, Edward Abbey, The Numbskulz, D.H. Lawrence, Tin Tin, H.D. Thoreau, Jer Crowle, bev. davies, Gary Snyder, Vaclav Havel, Lou Reed, Cory Doctorow, Dr.... Topics: podcasting, storytelling, uncleweed, vancouver, heroes, dave olson, Samuel Pepys, RMS Carpaethia,...
Israeli commandos board vessels in international waters attempting to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza; a bus accident in Cameroon claims 30 lives; Dario Franchitti wins the Indianapolis 500 and, in history, the final entry is made in one of the most important diaries of the western tradition. Topics: wikinews, news, wikimedia, audio, Free Gaza Movement, Israel, Gaza, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Huwaida...
At Fresh Media conference at W2 Arts + Media Centre, participants riff a spontaneous blurb about a hero from a Dossier of Importantancy in a workshop about storytelling + podcasting by Dave Olson (AKA Uncle Weed). Features Samuel Pepys , RMS Carpathia , Amber Case , Thomas Paine, J. Garcia, Mudhoney, JJ Rousseau, Geoff Berner , Ed Abbey, The Numbskulz , DH Lawrence, Tin Tin, HD Thoreau, Jer Crowle , Bev Davies , Gary Snyder, Vaclav Havel, Lou Reed, Cory Doctorow , Dr. Seuss,... Topics: art, culture, podcast, dave olson, vancouver, uncleweed, heroes, fresh media, workshop, Samuel...